Title: Crazy Beautiful
By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Level: Young Adult Fiction
In an explosion of his own making, Lucius blew his arms off. Now he has hooks. He chose hooks because they were cheaper. He chose hooks because he wouldn’t outgrow them so quickly. He chose hooks so that everyone would know he was different, so he would scare even himself.
Then he meets Aurora. The hooks don’t scare her. They don’t keep her away. In fact, they don’t make any difference at all to her.
But to Lucius, they mean everything. They remind him of the beast he is inside. Perhaps Aurora is his Beauty, destined to set his soul free from its suffering.
Or maybe she’s just a girl who needs love just like he does.
Crazy Beautiful was a very A-typical love story. Young man, that has lost his arms, finds girl of his dreams. Pretty and perfect girl with tragic background falls for the young man. This utimately was a good story that will keep your attention, but I struggle with the negative feelings of despair that flow throughout this novel. I think this story is a realistic portrait of todays troubled teens. As an adult and a mother this is very troubling to acknowledge the amount of scars today's children must bare. While it is good to step back and look at the big picture this view was wrapped up in a love story. As I said this was a good story, but I find myself ready to move on.